Round 7: Ruthless Saints continue winning run

ST Helens ended their winless run at the KC Stadium in impeccable style, easily overcoming Hull 46-0 to extend their perfect start to engage Super League XI.Daniel Anderson?s side have failed to win on their previous four visits to the KC Stadium, amassing just 36 points in the process.However, they had little trouble with travel sickness this time around, making light work of a below-par Hull outfit to subject them to a crushing defeat.The star of the show for Saints was reigning Man of Steel Jamie Lyon who tormented Hull throughout, whilst Leon Pryce and Francis Meli both chimed in with a brace of tries.The Saints bagged eight tries in total, although their dominance ran much deeper than the scoreline might suggest.For Hull, coach John Kear now has the tough job of raising his troops ahead of next week?s clash at Bradford where they begin their defence of the Powergen Challenge Cup.His side were poor throughout and have now lost four of their last five league games.Kear was handed a boost just before kick-off when Saints skipper Paul Sculthorpe was ruled out with an undisclosed injury.However, despite a tense opening 10 minutes, the game was over by the interval as Saints opened up a 30-0 lead.The visitors posted five tries to deflate any Hull hopes, although their first impression on the scoreboard came from a Lyon penalty.The centre followed that up with a touchdown after good work from Ade Gardner, who later scored himself after out-jumping Gareth Raynor to collect Sean Long?s kick.Meli then got in on the act, collecting Willie Talau?s ball to score in the corner, whilst Pryce joined Jason Hooper on the scoresheet just before the break, side-stepping his way through a dormant Hull defence.Hull did little to suggest they were capable of posting any type of response and were saved two further tries in the against column by the video referee.First Lyon?s effort was ruled out following an early indiscretion by Wellens, before Meli was deemed to have illegally stripped the ball from Nathan Blacklock before scoring.It was not long before Saints were soon troubling the scoreboard again though, with Pryce adding his second on the hour mark.Saints kept the ball alive for a number of passes, before working an opening for the stand-off, who breezed past a stranded Shaun Briscoe to score.Despite Lyon?s missed conversion, the Hull crowd offered their visitors a standing ovation as they retreated to their own half to restart, a fair reflection of their performance.With Hull playing only for a semblance of pride their misery was compounded further when Vinnie Anderson seized on Paul King?s error to canter to the line.Meli?s second try, a close-range effort, added further gloss to the win with minutes remaining.Hull: Briscoe, Blacklock, Domic, Whiting, Raynor, Cooke, R. Horne, Thackray, Brough, Carvell, Chester, Radford, Lupton.Replacements: Dowes, Hill, King, Tony.St Helens: Wellens, Gardner, Lyon, Talau, Meli, Pryce, Long, P. Anderson, Cunningham, Cayless, Bennett, Wilkin, Hooper.Replacements: Roby, V. Anderson, Graham, Fa?asavalu.Hull: (0) 0.St Helens: (30) 46.Tries: Lyon, Meli 2, Gardner, Hooper, Pryce 2, V. Anderson.Goals: Lyon 5, Hooper 2.Referee: K Kirkpatrick (Warrington)Att: 11,277

Round 4 Teams and Fixtures

FRIDAY, 31st March 2006 Parramatta v North Queensland at Parramatta Stadium, 7.30pmEels: Wade Mckinnon, Luke Burt, Ben Smith, Brett Delaney, Eric Grothe, John Morris, Tim Smith, Justin Tsoulos, Mark Riddell, Paul Stringer, Nathan Hindmarsh, Chad Robinson, Luke O'Dwyer, Interchange: PJ Marsh, Dean Widders, Nathan Cayless, Peter Lewis, Matt Petersen, Timana Tahu, Henry Perenara (three to be omitted).Cowboys: Matt Bowen, Neil Sweeney, Josh Hannay, Paul Bowman, Matt Sing, Johnathan Thurston, Brett Firman, Shane Tronc, Clint Amos, Mitchell Sargent, Steve Southern, Luke O'Donnell, Travis Norton. Interchange: Rod Jensen, Justin Smith, Matthew Scott, Carl Webb, Gavin Cooper (one to be omitted).Referee: Paul Simpkins.Saturday, 1st April 2006 Cronulla v South Sydney at Toyota Park, 5.30pmSharks: David Simmons, Darren Albert, Beau Scott, Phil Bailey, Luke Covell, Adam Dykes, Brett Kimmorley (c), Ben Ross, Kevin Kingston, Hutch Maiava, Reece Williams, Lance Thompson, Greg Bird. Interchange: Cameron Ciraldo, Luke Douglas, Matt Hilder, Tevita Latu.Rabbitohs: Todd Polglase, Nathan Merritt, Paul Mellor, Adam MacDougall, Shannon Hegarty, John Sutton, Joe Williams, Peter Cusack, Shane Walker, Jaiman Lowe, David Fa'alogo, Luke Stuart, Ben Rogers.Interchange: Joe Galuvao, Manase Manuokafoa, Shane Rigon, Shannan McPherson.Referee: Shayne Hayne.Manly v Sydney at Brookvale Oval, 7.30pmSea Eagles: Brett Stewart, Michael Robertson, Steve Bell, Steve Matai, Chris Hicks, Travis Burns, Matt Orford, Jason King, Michael Monaghan, Brent Kite, Steve Menzies, Anthony Watmough, Ben Kennedy (c). Interchange: Shane Dunley, Luke Williamson, Adam Cuthbertson, Mark Bryant, Paul Stephenson (one to be omitted).Roosters: Anthony Minichiello, Amos Roberts, Ryan Cross, Iosia Soliola, Sam Perrett, Braith Anasta, Jamie Soward, Shane Shackleton, Brett Finch, Craig Fitzgibbon (c), Nigel Plum, Chris Flannery, Ashley Harrison.Interchange: Craig Wing, Anthony Tupou, David Shillington, Adrian Morley, Lopini Paea (one to be omitted).Referee: Tony Archer.Canberra V Penrith at Canberra Stadium, 7.30pmRaiders: Clinton Schifcofske (c), Adrian Purtell, Adam Mogg, David Howell, Craig Frawley, Jason Smith, Lincoln Withers, Andrew Lomu, Simon Woolford, Michael Hodgson, Thom Learoyd-Lahrs, Jason Croker, Alan Tongue. Interchange: William Zillman, Ben Jones, Troy Thompson, Jason Williams, Trevor Thurling (one to be omitted).Panthers: Rhys Wesser, Lee Hookey, Danny Galea, Luke Lewis, Luke Rooney, Preston Campbell, Craig Gower, Joel Clinton, Luke Priddis, Matthew Cross, Shane Rodney, Tony Puletua (c), Trent Waterhouse. Interchange: Frank Puletua, Craig Stapleton, Frank Pritchard, Luke Swain. Referee: Gavin Badger.Sunday, 2nd April 2006 Wests v Melbourne at Leichhardt Oval, 2.30pmTigers: Brett Hodgson (c), Daniel Fitzhenry, Dean Collis, Paul Whatuira, Shane Elford, Benji Marshall, Scott Prince, Bryce Gibbs, Stuart Flanagan, Todd Payten, Anthony Laffranchi, Ben Galea, Jamaal Lolesi. Interchange: Isaac De Gois, Chris Heighington, John Skandalis, Ryan O'Hara, Ben Reynolds (one to be omitted). Storm: Billy Slater, Matt Geyer, Matt King, Greg Inglis, Steve Turner, Scott Hill, Cooper Cronk, Garret Crossman, Cameron Smith, Brett White, David Kidwell (c), Ryan Hoffman, Dallas Johnson. Interchange: Ian Donnelly, Jamie Feeney, Jeremy Smith, Chris Walker, Adam Blair, Nathan Friend (one to be omitted).Referee: Jason Robinson.St George Illawarra v Brisbane at WIN Stadium, 3.00pmDragons: Clint Greenshields, Reece Simmonds, Mark Gasnier, Matt Cooper, Colin Best, Trent Barrett (c), Ben Hornby, Justin Poore, Dean Young, Michael Henderson, Corey Payne, Ashton Sims, Matt Bickerstaff.Interchange: Andrew Price, Ben Creagh, Sam Isemonger, Aaron Gorrell.

Roosters name unchanged 13 for Manly clash

ROOSTERS coach Ricky Stuart has selected an unchanged starting 13 for the important round 4 game against the Manly Sea Eagles at Brookvale Oval on Saturday night.

Benji's back for Wests Tigers v Storm clash

BENJI Marshall has been named at five-eighth for the clash against the Melbourne Storm at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday, April 2, in round 4 of the Telstra Premiership.

Storm name side to face Tigers

STARTING team: 1. Billy Slater 2. Matt Geyer 3. Matt King 4. Greg Inglis 5. Steve Turner 6. Scott Hill 7. Cooper Cronk 8. Garrett Crossman 9. Cameron Smith 10. Brett White 11. David Kidwell 12. Ryan Hoffman 13. Dallas Johnson

Knights team for Warriors clash


Sharks side for Rabbitohs clash

1- David Simmons 2- Darren Albert 3- Beau Scott 4- Phil Bailey 5- Luke Covell 6- Adam Dykes 7- Brett Kimmorley 8- Ben Ross 9- Kevin Kingston 10- Hutch Maiava 11- Reece Williams 12- Lance Thompson 13- Greg Bird

Panthers team for Raiders clash

1. Rhys Wesser, 2. Lee Hookey, 3. Danny Galea, 4. Luke Lewis, 5. Luke Rooney, 6. Preston Campbell, 7. Craig Gower, 8. Joel Clinton, 9. Luke Priddis, 10. Matthew Cross, 11. Shane Rodney, 12. Tony Puletua (c), 13. Trent Waterhouse, 14. Frank Puletua, 15. Craig Stapleton, 16. Frank Pritchard, 17. Luke Swain

Vodafone Warriors team to face Knights


Broncos side for Dragons clash

BRISBANE Broncos: 1: Karmichael Hunt 2: Tame Tupou 3: Justin Hodges 4: Shaun Berrigan 5: Darius Boyd 6: Darren Lockyer (c) 7: Brett Seymour 13: Tonie Carroll 12: Corey Parker 11: Dane Carlaw 10: Petero Civoniceva 9: Michael Ennis 8: Shane Webcke

Raiders name side to face Panthers

THE Raiders have named an injury ravaged side to take on the undefeated Panther at Canberra Stadium on Saturday night.

Sides for Eels and Cowboys clash

NQ Toyota Cowboys 1. Matt Bowen 2. Neil Sweeney 3. Josh Hannay 4. Paul Bowman 5. Matt Sing 6. Johnathan Thurston (VC) 7. Brett Firman 8. Shane Tronc 9. Clint Amos 10. Mitchell Sargent 11. Steve Southern 12. Luke O'Donnell 13. Travis Norton (c) Interchange 14. Rod Jensen 15. Justin Smith 16. Matthew Scott 17. Carl Webb 18. Gavin Cooper

Sea Eagles side for Roosters clash

COACH Des Hasler has stuck with the same line-up that defeated the Sharks with the exception of Steve Matai for Paul Stephenson who was ruled out last week with injury. Stephenson is named at 18.

Rabbitohs anounce Teams for Round 4

THE South Sydney Rabbitohs are pleased to announce their side to take on the Cronulla Sutherland Sharks in round four of the NRL Telstra Premiership this Saturday, 1 April at 5:30pm at Toyota Park.Head Coach Shaun McRae has made a number of changes to his line up after suspensions to Stuart Webb and Yileen Gordon. Adam MacDougall and Joe Williams will play their first games for the Rabbitohs NRL side this season, with Shane Walker returning to the side after recovering from a groin injury.Rabbitohs? Mark Minichiello, Ben Walker, Scott Geddes, Beau Champion, Stuart Webb, Yileen Gordon and Luke MacDougall were not considered for selection. Minichiello is recovering from a shoulder reconstruction, Walker sustained a knee injury against the Roosters in round one, Scott Geddes has a torn pectoral muscle, Beau Champion is suffering from an ankle injury, and Luke MacDougall, Webb and Gordon are suspended.The NRL fixture will commence at 5:30pm, Premier League at 3:30pm and Jersey Flegg at 1:45pm.The referee for the NRL fixture is Shayne Hayne.The Rabbitohs NRL side is:1) Todd Polglase2) Nathan Merritt3) Paul Mellor4) Adam MacDougall5) Shannon Hegarty6) John Sutton7) Joe Williams8) Peter Cusack ?9) Shane Walker10) Jaiman Lowe11) David Fa?alogo12) Luke Stuart13) Ben RogersInterchange:14) Joe Galuvao15) Manase Manuokafoa16) Shane Rigon17) Shannan McPhersonCoach ? Shaun McRae

Jets hang on against Raiders

THE Newtown Jets claimed two valuable competition points when they defeated the Canberra Raiders 34-24 in Saturday?s hard-fought VB Premier League match at Henson Park. Newtown had led by 18-10 at half-time and looked to be in command with a 34-20 lead midway through the second half. Canberra soon narrowed the margin to 34-24 and really put it to the Jets for the remainder of the match. Only a couple of narrowly-missed scoring opportunities by the Raiders prevented what could have a desperately close finish to this fiercely-contested encounter. Jets half-back Josh Lewis had an outstanding game, in the sort of display that gives truth to the old adage of having ?an old head on young shoulders?. His on-field generalship and territory-finding kicking game were major factors in Newtown?s win, not to mention yet another excellent goal kicking performance. Lock forward Setaimata Sa?s first half class-act proved beyond doubt what a fine prospect this young player is. Sa scored three tries and might have claimed a fourth barring a marginal forward pass ruling. Second rowers Steve Meredith and Mark Edmondson impressed with their work-rate and both really stood up against well-organised and determined opposition. Edmondson, formerly with UK champion club St. Helens, is starting to stake a claim for an NRL position. Forwards Ritchie Parker and David Vial were late call-ups from the Jim Beam Cup ranks and both contributed well in the tough going in the second half. Newtown?s coach Paul Young expressed guarded satisfaction at his team?s continued improvement in the past three weeks. Young observed that this was a valuable win against an opposition that had plenty of players with recent NRL experience and a team that is likely to be a contender for a competition top four position. The Jets? Jim Beam Cup squad had been weakened by several late changes and went down 26-18 in Saturday?s trial match at Henson Park against Wentworthville. Newtown coach Greg Matterson was looking for fewer errors despite the impact made by the late team changes, but is confident that the Jets will field a strong side for the competition?s opening round. Newtown plays away to the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles next Saturday evening (April 1st) at Brookvale Oval, with this fourth round VB Premier League match due to start at 5.15pm. Newtown?s Jim Beam Cup squad will play their final trial match against Belrose at the Lionel Watts Reserve next Saturday, with this game kicking off at 2.00pm. There?s still time to get your entries in for the Bumper Farrell Autumn Golf Classic at Marrickville Golf Course on Wednesday, 5th April, teeing off at 8.00am. Call the Newtown RLFC office on 1300 36 36 90 to obtain more details about reserving your team?s place. Photo caption:Newtown Jets centre Lelea Paea tries to break free of the Canberra Raiders defence.Photo courtesy of Gary Sutherland Photography.

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